Expert food connoisseur reveals her guide to what wines to pair with your Christmas cheeseboard

Food 19/12/2019

There's nothing quite as lovely in life as a good old helping of cheese and wine. 

But what wines pair the best with your favourite wine? Expert Nisea Doddy, Somellier of The Shelbourne shared her advice for when it comes to pairing your wine and cheese.

'With hard aged cheeses like Cheddar, Gouda, Comte for example, Grenache, Tempranillo, Pinot Noir and Brunello are fantastic. They are not too heavyweight and they complement nuttiness in cheese.' she told

'Tangy Goat Cheeses are a natural partner for the freshness of Sauvignon Blanc but also try Picpoul, Gruner Veltliner or Chenin Blanc.'

'Creamy rich and strong soft rind cheese such as ripe Brie and Epoisse are amazing with equally rich Chardonnay or the textured quality of Roussanne and Semillon' she continued.

'Champagne with toast and creamy soft and salty cheeses is a winning combination too.'

'I love dry Rosé with milky fresh cheese like ricotta and Buratta.'

'Blue cheese is a classic with Port of course but also with other sweet wines like Vin Santo, Ice Wine, Tokaji and late harvest Riesling.  This salty and sweet combination works great.'

'Finally, a chilled nutty Tawny Port with Aged Parmesan is a great end to any dinner.'